Digital Economy Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 am on 11th October 2016.

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[Graham Stringer in the Chair]

Before we begin, I have a few preliminary points. Please switch electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings. Today, we will consider the programme motion on the amendment paper. We will then consider a motion to allow us to deliberate in private about our questions before the oral evidence sessions, and a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication. In view of the time available, I hope we can take those matters formally, without debate.

Ordered,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25am on Tuesday 11 October) meet—

(a) at 2.00pm on Tuesday 11 October;

(b) at 11.30am on Thursday 13 October;

(c) at 9.25am and 2.00pm on Tuesday 18 October;

(d) at 11.30am and 2.00pm on Thursday 20 October;

(e) at 9.25am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 25 October;

(f) at 11.30am and 2.00pm on Thursday 27 October;

(2) the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following Table:

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 10.00am

BT/EE

TalkTalk

Three

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 10.30am

Sky

Virgin

Vodafone

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 11.00am

Which?

Countryside Alliance

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 11.25am

Open Data Institute

The Co-operative Group

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 2.45pm

The British Board of Film

Classification

NSPCC

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 3.00pm

Dr Edgar Whitley, London

School of Economics

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 4.00pm

Big Brother Watch

Open Rights Group

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 4.30pm

ProjectsbyIF

Open Corporates

TUC

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than 5.00pm

Professor Sir Charles Bean,

London School of Economics

The Royal Statistical Society

Thursday 131 October

Until no later than 12.00pm

StepChange

Citizens Advice

Dr Jerry Fishenden

Thursday 131 October

Until no later than 12.30pm

OFCOM

Thursday 131 October

Until no later than 1.00pm

The Information

Commissioner’s Office

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 4; Schedules 1 to 3; Clauses 5 to 84; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(4) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00pm on Thursday 27 October.

On the basis of the motion, the deadline for amendments to be considered at the first line-by-line sitting of the Committee on 18 October is the rise of the House on Thursday 13 October.

Resolved,

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.—(Matt Hancock.)

Resolved,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Matt Hancock.)

Copies of the written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room. We will now go into private session to discuss lines of questioning.

The Committee deliberated in private.